Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky

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Journey through Qatar in this celebration of Diana’s storytelling and the stunning photography of Henry Dallal in a splendidly produced volume…

Informed by the author’s three-year sojourn in this dynamic nation as the wife of the U.S. ambassador, Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky is an intimate portrait of a moderate Arab state which has used its petroleum wealth to burst onto the world stage in spite of its small size. In an era of seismic regional change, Qatar stands as a stable and open society as well as an important partner of the United States. This insightful book tells how Qatar’s ancient culture and its close links to the desert and the sea forge an exciting present and a wisely laid path to the future. Diana’s experiences frame this well-researched and anecdotal account of a geographically and politically significant nation that daily grapples with change while honoring the traditions of its rich past.

View the first chapter here.

Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky is an immensely readable overview of Qatar, spectacularly illustrated by the photography of Henry Dallal, who with Diana crisscrossed the country over a three year period to capture the subtle hues and magic of the desert, sea and endless sky. It is an ideal introduction to the country for visitors, a repository of memories for those who know it well and a guide to understanding the new reality and potential of the Arab world.

Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky includes an introduction by H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, chair of Reach Out to Asia and the Qatar Museum Authority and the daughter of the Emir of Qatar and H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. Generous support was received from The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Museums Authority, ExxonMobil, Al Faleh Group, Qatar Airways, Qatari Diar and RasGas Company Ltd.

Photography by Henry Dallal

A Special Word of Thanks

Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky (Qatar: Al Ramel wa Al Bahar wa Al Sama) was brought to life by sponsors who shared our vision to showcase Qatar. All of these organizations are leaders in supporting community and cultural initiatives in Qatar, and we are proud to be at their side in that endeavor. Alf shukran, a thousand thanks to:

Ministry of Culture Arts and Heritage

Qatar Foundation

Qatar Museum Authority –

Al Faleh Group


RasGas Company Limited

Qatari Diar

Qatar Airways

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